The military parade resumes after a year of pandemic with 2,600 soldiers
The traditional October 12 parade returned to the streets of Madrid for the first time since the pandemic began and with it the cheers and applause for the King and the boos and whistles for Pedro Sánchez. During the formal greeting to Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, the public address system announced the presence of the Prime Minister, at which time a large part of the public gathered around Paseo de la Castellana burst into whistles and shouts of “resignation” and “Out, out.”
La Moncloa has tried, without success, to minimize the whistles, delaying the arrival of Sánchez until just seconds before the retinue of the monarchs made their entry into the Plaza de Lima. As soon as the chief executive appeared greeting the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez-Almeida and the defense minister, Margarita Robles, the expletives have intensified.
The reception of Sánchez has contrasted with the enthusiasm with which Don Felipe and Doña Letizia have been received, who have been applauded and cheered upon their arrival. Next to them was the Infanta Sofía, while Princess Leonor has not been able to travel to Madrid due to the sanitary regulations that govern the school in Wales where she is studying this school year.
The military parade has returned to the streets after the covid-19, which forced it to be held in a very reduced format in 2020 in the Plaza de la Armería of the Royal Palace, without an audience. This morning, although without actually parading the number of troops that in 2019, the last time it took place, there were about 2,656 soldiers, more than 1,000 less than before the covid was declared, those who paraded along the Paseo de la Castellana, with less attendance of people by the capacity controls to avoid crowds.
All members of the Government have attended the events on the day of the National Holiday, including the ministers of United We Can, except the head of Industria Reyes Maroto. Also the regional presidents except those of Catalonia, the Basque Country, Castilla-La Mancha and Galicia, as Alberto Núñez Feijóo will have a debate on the state of the Region tomorrow.
Air and ground parades
As usual, the Kings have received military honors and Felipe VI has reviewed the troops, after which he has greeted the authorities. Then the traditional parachute jump with the flag of Spain took place, the most tense moment in the last parade after the jumper got hooked on a lamppost on Paseo de la Castellana. After that, the flag was raised and an act of tribute to the fallen by Spain took place.
Then the air parade began, in which a large representation of the aircraft of the Armed Forces and also other public organizations such as Maritime Rescue or the Civil Guard participated, in addition to the traditional Eagle Patrol painting the colors in the sky. of the flag.
That was when the land parade began, first with the motorized echelon of the Armed Forces, the Civil Guard, the National Police, Customs Surveillance and Civil Protection. On foot, a group of the Royal Guard and different groups of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Military Emergency Unit (UME) and the Civil Guard have paraded first. The parade has been closed by the Tercio Gran Capitán and the ‘Rey Alfonso XIII of the Legion brigade and the group of Regulares from Ceuta, with their characteristic steps.
The United States congratulates Spain and appreciates its collaboration in Afghanistan
The United States Department of State has thanked the Government of Spain for its “collaboration” over the past 20 years in Afghanistan and congratulated it on the celebration of the National Holiday, which takes place this Tuesday.
Thus, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has highlighted the “joint work” between both administrations to “save” those who supported the collective efforts in Afghanistan. For Blinken this was a testimony of the “strength” of the bilateral ties that unite the United States and Spain, and has confirmed that it is “along these lines” that he hopes to travel to Spanish territory next summer to participate in the Summit of the NATO.
In addition, the State Department considers Spain “an ally of NATO and a friend of the United States,” a relationship that is “reflected” in the economic, cultural and educational exchanges between the citizens of both nations. “On this special occasion, we hope to deepen our friendship, strengthen our ties and expand our cooperation based on our shared values. My best wishes for a happy National Holiday of Spain », has settled. “On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of Spain as they celebrate their National Day,” said Blinken.